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French fries and water quality

  My son was hungry and in a hurry.  He ordered the double cheeseburger meal with fries in the drive thru; what’s the harm? It had been a couple decades … Read more French fries and water quality

The art and science of snirt

You may have seen the photo exhibit by a friend of mine, John White. It was touring the region during the last year (and prints are available for sale here). … Read more The art and science of snirt

These are a few of my favorite things

Blueberry, Wild Rice, Hockey, Agate, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady’s Slipper, Morel, Norway Pine, Walleye, Milk, Loon, Lester. Is this some kind of a weird shopping list for a camping trip? If … Read more These are a few of my favorite things

The Norwegian and the puddle

I have gone on my share of geology field trips with visiting geologists from around the world. We typically visit exposures of glacial sediment, commonly found in gravel pits, and … Read more The Norwegian and the puddle

No more green for Madison

Most of us who spend time on lakes know they can “green up” as they warm up. Excess phosphorus generates that not-so-healthy green bloom. The Yahara watershed is trying something … Read more No more green for Madison

What’s up with the Minnesota River?

…besides the water level that is.  If you’ve been paying attention to the big brown river, or just the weather across the southern part of the state this summer, you … Read more What’s up with the Minnesota River?

The Flint story continues

“Six current or former state employees were charged on July 29 with misconduct and other crimes in the Flint, Mich., water crisis, bringing to nine the number of public officials … Read more The Flint story continues

How did Minnesota melt 12,000 years ago?

The link at the bottom of this post will take you to a phenomenal article from the NY Times on researchers observing the melting of Greenland’s ice cap. You owe … Read more How did Minnesota melt 12,000 years ago?

Governor's Water Summit

Mid-January, Governor Dayton announced that his administration will host the Governor’s Water Summit in St. Paul on Saturday, Feb. 27th. Summit registration has closed, but you can still help set … Read more Governor's Water Summit

MDA awards $1 million for ‘Forever Green' research projects

——-   Minnesota River Weekly Update; November 17, 2015 —— The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) received $1 million of Clean Water Funds to support the Forever Green Agricultural Initiative at the … Read more MDA awards $1 million for ‘Forever Green' research projects

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